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PCRmax -Speed. Confidence. Sensitivity. Value. Performance

publication date: Sep 28, 2016
author/source: Bibby Scientific Limited

Alpha Cycler

The Alpha Cycler PCR system, putting you in control and giving more back with our Trade In offer.

PCRmax have spent time listening to users and what is important for them in a PCR system. The common theme of confidence, both in a new unit and ongoing system performance, as well as ease of use was paramount.  To address these needs PCRmax have developed the free Alpha Track Mobile App to be used with PCRmax’s Alpha Cyclers by so doing created a simple and powerful user focused tool.

The Alpha Track App works by scanning a QR code displayed on the Alpha Cycler which communicates information such as who is using the unit, when it will finish and starts a countdown timer to notify users of when their reaction will be complete so they can return to the system. This is also useful for other users to track when the system will be free.

Alpha Track also allows for users to send an instrument health report back to our technical team. When the report is received our team check though and note any system errors or indicators of errors which might mean a system has drifted out of spec or worst case a system which might be about to fail. It’s like having a service engineer checking the system every time you run the unit.  With the Alpha Cycler 4 (four independent block PCR platform) being a corner stone for many high throughput environments or multiple user facilities the confidence in knowing what the system is doing remotely and that it is performing correctly is a great advantage that you get with no other PCR system.

To ensure that the Alpha Cycler is as intuitive as possible a touch screen Android interface was chosen as the core of the system and every feature added to the software had to have a direct and functional benefit to the end user. Features such as lockable and password protected programs along with USB login/out have made using the Alpha Cycler easier and more secure, watch the videos on YouTube to be guided though the software or request a demo in your own lab to put the system thought its paces.

The Alpha Cycler range has just been expanded to include an AC-2, dual independent block, thermal cycler which sits between the single and quad block units, AC-1 and AC-4 respectively. Protocols which are written on any of the Alpha cycler range are transferable between any other configurations of Alpha Cycler.

PCRmax are also running a trade in program to make it easier, and more cost effective, for users to replace older existing units and gain access to the Alpha Cycler. Contact us for details on how much your old system could be worth in trade in against a new Alpha Cycler.


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